Summit County fire ban to remain in effect
September 30, 2010
SUMMIT COUNTY – At Tuesday afternoon’s regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners, the Summit County Board of County Commissioners voted to ratify Resolution 2010-66, thereby extending the Level I fire ban in unincorporated areas of Summit County. The current burn index remains VERY HIGH, and the weather forecast predicts continued dryness and warm temperatures. The ban will remain in effect as long as local officials deem it necessary to reduce the danger of wildfires.
This fire ban prohibits open fires, the use of fireworks, and the sale of fireworks in unincorporated areas, not including National Forest Service property.
Fires contained within liquid-fueled, gas fueled, or charcoal fueled stoves or grills are allowed on private property. Self-contained outdoor fire bowls, chimneys, chimineas, WITH SCREEN COVERS, are allowed on private property if placed on a concrete or asphalt surface.
Charcoal fueled fires, within permanent fire pits, are allowed on private property providing: a) the fire is under constant supervision; b) fire suppression apparatus is available at the location; c) notification of the fire has been provided to the local fire district; and d) notification of the fire has been provided to Summit County Sheriff’s Office by calling the Summit County Communication Center at (970) 668-8600.
The penalty assessment for violating the fire ban is a $150.00 fine for the first offense, $500.00 for the second offense and $1,000.00 for all subsequent offenses.